I used one of these, briefly, in the mid- 1980s! Ran CP/M, I think.
The NEC Advanced Personal Computer
Note the five ring binders' worth of documentation -- very important.
Also, those are 8 inch diskette drives. Yep. Oldschool for 1983.
35 years later, we still don't really have an Idea Processor
@natecull Agenda, Outliners, Mind Mappers.
Where are they now?
@natecull Mind maps still get used by a certain type of project consultant. They're useful touchstone for exploring client needs. Bit like Tarot cards really.
We ran an IT support dept and small business on Agenda I. It was brilliant. It just needed to be multi-user. But then Lotus ruined it with Agenda II and it was then absorbed into Notes.
I still do outlining. But for the last 20 years it's been tabbed indents in a text editor (notepad++). It's brilliant for planning a doc or essay.
@jbond @natecull I went through an outlining phase and a mindmapping phase. Right now I mostly use traditional documents plus a technique I call the "coherency game" which is a simple ruleset layered on top of traditional brainstorming to filter the ideas.
I wrote up how I used it this past weekend to make a game design: https://ldjam.com/events/ludum-dare/42/zero-grace-megadrive/ld42-live-blog-from-theme-to-design
Scrivener's got a huge pile of note options, Keep exists (albeit in the cloud), and Aeon Timeline lets you create really complex timelines and then look at them non-proportionally, for clarity
Aeon's features have been getting more complex but I still don't feel like I know what I'm doing with it properly
(then again I wrote an entire timeline for all the canon Overwatch events in the lore -- so now I know Angela Ziegler's the same age as Jesse McCree, etc., so)
I like outlines in text files to evolve concepts, or to keep track of a (small or sub-) project's tasks.
Arrow diagrams are cool for communicating all sorts of things. And also for designing together, on a b/w board. Customers usually want sketches on napkins...
I have seen customers trick themselves into working organized by using mindmapping ui. But compared to text files or paper these seem very inconvenient.
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